COME OUTSIDE & PLAY...
COME BEACHCOMBING WITH ME!
Later, as we got older, we’d run to the beach on our own to find new treasures to add to our growing collections. In our busy teens and twenties, there was often less time to beachcomb.
Still, it was always there if we needed space to sort out problems, distract ourselves from sadness, or find an antidote to boredom.
As adults, many of us beachcomb for the pocket treasure but also because it offers us a walking meditation in nature. We comb for adventure and the sheer exhilaration that comes from scaling cliffs, paddling kayaks or flying small planes in order to reach and explore remote shorelines. We comb for companionship, making friends with beachcombers locally and far afield, from swapping stories and beach treasures, and going on far-flung combing expeditions with them.
And for many beachcombers, as our experience and combing collections grow, so does our curiosity. We move past just “pretty” to the what, whys and wherefores of treasures found: What is it? How did it get here? How old could it be? Who made it? And thus the real adventures begin. with is delving in the fascinating facts about science – ocean currents, mollusks and shell-building, sea level rise - and human settlement history. Old bullets and bottles lips that are 300 years old, porcelain doll arms, marbles, brass buttons with 16th century designs, all wet our curiosity to learn more. Soon we find ourselves pouring through reference books or websites, talking to marine scientists or fossil and bottle specialists, or visiting museums and science centers. We begin to unravel the mysteries of nature unfolding and human settlement history, turning up clues treasure by treasure.
If only you now where to look. And how to look.
And that’s why I am here. To guide you on your way to even more beachcombing adventures than you are having now.
I do this through lectures, workshops, publications, a Dr. Beachcomb Facebook page, the annual International Beachcombing Conference, and this site, which is intended to serve as a one-stop shop for 'everything beachcombing.'
You will soon see that the beachcomb world opens doors to a vast new array of other interesting worlds, each of which can enrich your life health-wise, socially, intellectually and spiritually. Not to mention all the beautiful beach artifacts you will find.
So let’s get outside to play. Come beachcombing with me!
Let the links inform and guide you. I guarantee you'll never see a beach in the same way again!
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Wandering along a shoreline collecting interesting things – driftwood, shells, pottery shards - is something many of us have done since we were small.
Usually, the pastime begins when a grandparent, parent or sibling leads us along until we find a seashell with the sound of waves thrashing through it, or a shard of sea glass coated with salt wash. Memories from those earliest combing forays rarely fade. Instead, they grow more precious with the years. Sometimes we even have those first beach treasures to remind us of those days.
WELCOME to the WONDERFUL WORLD of BEACHCOMBING,
a pastime that offers you an affordable opportunity to change your life for the better,
in body, mind and spirit.
English sea glass , photo by Deacon Ritterbush.